India has just joined the reusable space craft game, and they’re rocket looks awesome. Launched and recovered just this week by the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) around 9 AM local time, the rocket reached a height of 43 miles and then safely glided to a landing.
At only 7-meters long, the prototype reusable spacecraft is very small but none the less impressive. India hopes that achievements like this will bring them into place among the “Big Three” spacefaring nations—the United States, Russia, and China.
The RLV-TD rocket was an unmanned prototype that will eventually be manned. Although they do not plan on any piloted flights in the near future. They still have much testing to do, using this launch as a proof-of-concept for their new space craft. They hope to learn from tests like this an eventually be able to create a fully functional manned space vehicle.
With only three countries possessing true space power, India is persistent and ambitious. It’s exciting to see a country with such an intelligent community put effort into space travel. We think they will be able to achieve great things.
Only costing $14 million, the shuttle is impressively inexpensive! With many companies spending upwards of 100 million dollars to get into space, the cost of this ship is surprising and shows just how resourceful and boundary pushing India will potentially be in the space game.
Also pointed out in the video is how much money is saved not just in construction, but by the reusability. Reusing rockets can cut cost by almost 90% in some cases. This will make space travel easier and more accessible than ever.